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Rays down on the farm May 2: Goeddel on fire

Runs were hard to come by for the affiliates Thursday, but Tyler Goeddel had another great game for Charlotte

Tyler Goeddel has a .930 OPS one month into the season
Tyler Goeddel has a .930 OPS one month into the season

The four affiliates played five total games and combined to score 17 runs, most of which came in Montgomery's second game and Charlotte's win.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (18-10)

Durham's offense had no answers for former big leaguer Josh Tomlin in their 3-0 loss to Columbus.  Only three Bulls reached base, and Tomlin struck out 10 in his complete game shutout while only facing two batters over the minimum.  Run scoring opportunities were sparse, but they did exist with a pair of leadoff doubles by Wilson Betemit and Hak-Ju Lee.  Lee had two of Durham's three hits.

Enny Romero allowed all three Clipper runs in 5.2 innings on nine hits, but he at least only walked one batter while striking out five.  61 of his 95 pitches were strikes.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (17-11)

Fielding and pitching miscues hurt Montgomery in their game one 5-2 loss to Huntsville.  The Stars, down 1-0, opened the second inning with a hit parade against Dylan Floro, hitting four straight singles to tie the game.  After a run-scoring double play gave Huntsville the lead, an error by Richie Shaffer allowed Huntsville to score their third run of the inning.  In the seventh, they were able to add insurance against Braulio Lara, first on a run-scoring double and then a balk.  Floro allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and no walks in six innings with five strikeouts.  Montgomery got their runs on a pair of solo home runs, first by Cameron Seitzer in the first inning and then Alejandro Segovia in the second.

The Biscuits' offense broke out in game two for a 7-3 win.  Montgomery fell behind quickly by giving up two runs in the first, but a Jeff Malm single in the second tied things up.  After Huntsville took another lead in the fifth inning, it only took a half inning for the Biscuits to respond when Ryan Brett hit a three run home run to put Montgomery up for good.  Jake Hager and Luke Bailey added insurance runs an inning later.  Starter Jared Mortensen was not sharp, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks in four innings with five strikeouts.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (13-14)

Charlotte came out on top in a back-and-forth game in their 6-5 win over Jupiter.  There were three lead changes early in the game, and the Stone Crabs walked off in the bottom of the ninth on a Leonardo Reginatto single, aided by a throwing error that allowed Josh Sale to come home and score.  Five Stone Crabs had multi-hit games, including Kes Carter who hit his second home run of the season.  Tyler Goeddel collected three more extra base hits, giving him 12 through 23 games.

After getting through the first couple innings pretty easily, the Hammerheads strung together some hits in the third to take a 2-1 lead, and their two run fifth was actually quite similar.  In each inning, Jupiter scored their first run while the second out was being recorded, and a two out hit helped them score another.  In the end, Gomez was charged with all five Jupiter runs in six innings on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts.  Jose Alberto Molina threw three scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (9-17)

Bowling Green's offense woke up too late in their 3-2 loss to South Bend.  After the first two batters of the inning reached on singles in the second inning, the Hot Rods only had one baserunner until the eighth inning when Yoel Araujo followed a leadoff Ariel Soriano single with a two run homer, his second in as many days.  Unfortunately, they were down 3-0 at that point, and they never got the tying run on base.  All five Bowling Green hits were off the bats of different players, and no one reached base more than once.

Chris Kirsch did the bare minimum for a quality start, but he made two big mistakes with a pair of solo home runs.  He allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in six innings with three strikeouts.  Jorge Rodriguez relieved him and struck out four in three scoreless innings.  Bowling Green hitters combined to strike out 10 times and walk only once.


Star of the day- Is Goeddel putting it all together?

Goat of the day- Durham's offense probably won't have many more games like that shutout.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Columbus 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Mike Montgomery (3-0, 2.81) v. Travis Banwart (1-0, 4.15)

Montgomery v. Huntsville 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Mike Colla* (1-3, 5.55) v. Taylor Jungmann (1-3, 4.23)

Charlotte v. Jupiter 6:30 PM (Radio stream)
Reinaldo Lopez (2-1, 4.15) v. Scott Lyman (2-1, 0.56)

Bowling Green v. Great Lakes 8:05 PM (Radio stream)
Hunter Wood* (0-0, 3.63) v. Zach Bird (1-3, 5.79)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Columbus Clippers (Cleveland)
12-13 (2nd in IL West)
Offense: 103 R (8th) .728 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.94 ERA (10th) 1.30 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Trevor Bauer (3), 2B Jose Ramirez (9), RHP Austin Adams (10), OF Carlos Moncrief (14), 1B Jesus Aguilar (15), LHP Scott Barnes (26)

Huntsville Stars (Milwaukee)
17-11 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 124 R (2nd) .668 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.04 ERA (2nd) 1.08 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Mitch Haniger (3), RHP Taylor Jungmann (6), RHP David Goforth (8), 1B Jason Rogers (20), RHP Kevin Shackelford (21), RHP Drew Gagnon (25), RHP Tyler Cravy (29), OF D'Vontrey Richardson (30)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
12-15 (5th in FSL South)
Offense: 126 R (T-3rd) .686 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.81 ERA (7th) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Colin Moran (2), RHP Trevor Williams (11), RHP Colby Suggs (17), C Austin Barnes (20), RHP Austin Brice (27), RHP Josh Hodges (29)

Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles)
15-12 (T-2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 158 R (1st) .731 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.51 ERA (14th) 1.44 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Jacob Scavuzzo (15), 1B Justin Chigbogu (19), RHP Zach Bird (21), SS Jesmuel Valentin (22), RHP Victor Arano (29)